The modern office is designed with efficiency in mind. With profit margins ruling the day, the modern office comes down to survival of the fittest. This turns work into a competition, which means you have to watch your back. Here are a few tips to help you get ahead and win.
In these office wars, your workstation is your most critical tool. It can be used as a great weapon that will enhance your company’s profits and make you look good, but it can also be an Achilles’ heel that will be your downfall if your office nemesis accesses it. One of the fundamental rules in these modern office wars is to never leave your workstation unattended. Falling for this rookie mistake will give your rival opportunity to ruin you.
It may surprise you to learn that all your enemy needs is a few minutes alone with your PC to topple you. While you step outside to take a quick drag on a cancer stick, your rival can swoop in and destroy you by planting a virus. It doesn’t even have to be a technical attack; your rival can use deception by logging on to your instant messenger and sending your supervisor a message congratulating her on the pregnancy–when she’s really not pregnant.
It’s best practice to lock your computer every time you step away, even if it’s just for one minute. Your enemy is crafty, and when office politics come into play, other people can be recruited to bring you down. This back room dealing is the reason why, every time you plan to step away from your PC, even for a minute, it can turn into five, ten, or even thirty thanks to pointless chit-chat.
Do you think your co-workers really care about how your weekend went? No, they’re delaying you, giving your enemy the opportunity to sweep in and sabotage your computer. Locking your computer is as easy as hitting two keys: Windows+L. With your PC locked, you will be able to spend as much time away from your desk as you need and not have to worry about the schemes of your enemy…unless they can figure out your password.
Another tip that will help you survive the office frontlines is to guard your password with your life. This means not writing it down on a Post-it note that can easily be found, and going with a password that’s complex with random characters and numbers.
Your enemies will stop at nothing to get their grubby hands on your password. Guarding your password means staying one-step ahead of them. One common tactic they will use is to try and befriend you on Facebook. Once they are your “friend,” they will then have access to your posted personal information and they will use it against you. If your password is something that can easily be deciphered by scanning your timeline and reading up on your favorite hobby, band, pet, or anything else you post a lot about, then it won’t take a genius to figure out your password is “Crazy4Quilting.” With your password decoded, your enemy will then have the ability to logon to your PC while you’re out smoking and then commit unspeakable acts against your career.
Locking your computer with Windows+L, using a complex password, and not giving your personal information to those dedicated to seeing your demise, enacting these practices will go a long way in helping you survive the cutthroat modern office. If you would like to enlist the help of the professionals to secure your computer and personal information, and thereby foiling the plans of your enemies, then give TMS a call at 1 (626) 737-2960.
Surviving the modern office means staying one step ahead of the competition. TMS can help you destroy your competition so you can rise to the top of the corporate ladder! Give us a call, we got your back.